Sam Adams Beer Glass

Beer. Not generally something people associate with design at all, let alone good design.

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“Good Design Can Change Your Life”

[…] Do you get that stale, blah numbness while sitting in your living room? Maybe it’s because your house is in all “neutrals,” leaving you feeling as washed out as that cream color, with no exciting, warming, or otherwise fun burst anywhere. Maybe, if you live in New England, it’s because it gets dark at 4pm in the winter, and your lighting is either as dim as the outside or so bright and cold you could be in a warehouse. […]

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Should you trust your paint chips?

A hundred or more paint chips have been scattered across my table, floor, couch, etc for the past several months. I am not a ‘pick whichever color looks best in the store’ kind of person. I can’t just take home ‘the two best options.’ I have to see every option in every light with every piece of furniture. And since my husband and I were moving into a new apartment where we wanted to repaint 5 rooms, there were a lot of options. […]

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Nothing is neutral

[…] The color of a room, the layout of a page, the use of a particular font, the arrangement of furniture, the music while on hold—these things matter, and they say something. Some choices shout while others only whisper, but either way you’ve got a voice which either adds to or detracts from the conversation. […]

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Thoughts on a name

[…] The margin provides boundaries to give something form; it is the necessary negative space for the positive element to be effective.

Of course, I didn’t want just any kind of margin. There are bad margins, and bad design. […]

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